Our Parish Feast Day this year is October 2. We plan to have one tri-lingual Mass to enable us celebrate together and be together. To help us feast well with our saint, Thérèse, we would like to drink first from her spiritual tradition.
As part of help to celebrating the Year of Mercy, Fr. Michael Gaitley wrote a retreat book, 33 Days to Merciful Love. This is indeed a retreat, but of a different kind. Instead of three days, it is thirty-three days. It is also of a different kind because it is “A Do-It-Yourself Retreat. It is promoted by the congregation of Marians of Immaculate Conception (MIC) to which Fr. Michael belongs. They have a series of programs of evangelization for parishes under the umbrella name, HAPP (Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs).
The more striking thing about 33 Days to Merciful Love Retreat is that it is built on the spirituality of our own St. Thérèse of Lisieux. It is a four-week retreat program that involves reading about two pages of Fr. Michael’s reflections on one of the themes from St. Thérèse. Each week has one theme that is subdivided into smaller themes for each day of the week. As a parish-based retreat, it consists of each parishioner reading the daily texts for each week, pondering the message and coming together some day within the week with everyone for sharing and summary. The beginning days of the retreat are chosen based on feast days.
To enable us conclude on October 2, we start today, August 28. We will be meeting every Thursday night at 7:00PM for our sharing and summary. Beginning Thursday next week, there will be a DVD from Fr. Michael to facilitate our meeting. You are encouraged to take a copy of the book today to begin the retreat with everyone else. A voluntary donation of $10, more or less, is suggested for the book. Let us all pray for one another for a very successful retreat. God bless us all.
Please note: We will now meet on Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM starting Sunday, September 11, 2016.